We realised last week that Aurora had reached a difficult stage in her development. Maude did some research and discovered that it was quite a common development for 2 year old children and was generally referred to as ‘negativism’.
‘Do you want to put your coat on?
Do you want to go to the park?’
‘No. Don’t want to go park!’
And so on.
Further research suggested that a reward system was the way forward. Small toddler treats were placed in a jar and a star-chart placed on the fridge door. Maude used a flipchart to demonstrate how the system worked:
Collect 5 stars
Get pretty thing from jar
The system soon paid dividends. Aurora got dressed without complaint and stopped hitting Daddy over the head with the heaviest storybook she could find – all for the promise of a star.
Imagine my lack of surprise when I came down to breakfast earlier this week to a new star chart on the fridge. No, Maude was not making very early preparations for our next child (due in the new year). The new reward sheet was entitled ‘Daddy’:
Agree with Mummy/make tea/don’t tarry on way home
Collect 10 stars
Have one pint (no crisps) with Benny